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Export Standards Review Well Received

23 January 2015

AUSTRALIA – A review of a government assurance system overseeing good practice on Australian exports has been commended by sheep producers.

Developments of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) were published on Wednesday after over 30 stakeholder submissions were received.

Points for improvement centre on simplifying the administration process, increasing flexibility and reducing cost burdens. This will be done by having clearer guidelines on prescribing and managing non-compliance, allowing audits to be shared for the same facilities and supply chains and recognising opportunities for the industry to proactively manage supply chain risk.

The Sheepmeat Council of Australia welcomed the announcement, recognising the government’s role in making its sector “viable, sustainable and well regulated.”

Council President, Jeff Murray, said: “We are pleased to see a review of ESCAS and support the work undertaken by the Australian Government and industry to assure the highest animal welfare standards across our major export markets.

“The live sheep export trade is essential to the livelihoods of thousands of Australian sheep meat producers. Through ESCAS and the work of the industry, the regulatory system has ensured the continuation of the trade across many international markets which is good for our producers who rely on market competition and diversity to drive higher farm gate returns.”

As the second largest live sheep exporter, he vouched for the significant market access opportunities stemming from ESCAS.

The SCA will work with the government to ensure welfare standards are maintained and adapted.

“Sheepmeat Council is very open to any changes as suggested in this report that will simplify any administrative processes that currently overburden industry.

 

Michael Priestley

Michael Priestley
News Team - Editor

Mainly production and market stories on ruminants sector. Works closely with sustainability consultants at FAI Farms.

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